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Author Chain Interview – Insight Into Jessica Jayne

One of my very talented Evernight Publishing sisters, Ella Grey, asked me to partake in a “chain” interview.   You know.. like the old “chain letters.”  A writer tags another writer and all of us answer the same questions.  There are no warnings of bad luck or growing warts if you don’t participate, but it is definitely fun to see how others in your field do what they do.  Authors are interesting folks and each one is unique in what they write, why they write and how they write it.

Make sure to check out Ella’s answers http://ellagrey.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/an-insight-into-ella-grey/

Next stop on the chain is Stephanie Berget.  www.stephanieberget.com

My answers are below:

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on a few things right now.  I have started writing a contemporary erotic romance involving a Florida cowboy.  I’m planning on making it into a series because this cowboy has two brothers as well.  The brothers work and run their family citrus farm.  And of course, they need love, so I have found them some love interests!  I’m a sucker for a cowboy hat!   🙂

I’ve also had a short story accepted for Evernight’s Romance on the Go line entitled, Board Stiff.  It will be a part of a short series called Taking Advantage.  The series captures a snapshot in the love life of three younger men that sit on the board of directors for an insurance company called Advantage.  It’s been a blast to write.

I’m also working on a sequel to my first published novella, More Than Friends.  The demand was high for more of Jeni and Brian’s story, so I am just starting on that.  I also have a short story that I just completed and submitted.  Let’s just say… I’m not sitting around twiddling my thumbs!  😉
How does it differ from other works in its genre?

I think it differs because it’s written by me!  😉  I write contemporary erotic romance.  There is a lot in the genre, especially right now.  But each writer has a distinct voice and style and that’s what separates all of us.
What experiences have influenced you?

I am a survivor of sexual assault.  By far, that was the most influential event in my life.  I was young when it happened and it shaped my perceptions of myself, men and sex.  I had many years of counseling and a lot of determination to move beyond the actual incident itself.   Though it was a horrible thing to experience, it made me who and what I am today… and I’m good with that because I like me.
Why do you write what you do?

I write erotic romances because I also like and read them.  I know since I started reading this genre, I’ve learned so many things… some of which I use in my own relationship.  😉  And of course, what woman doesn’t love romance?!
How does your writing process work?

My writing process is rarely the same.  Usually, a scene pops into my head.  I let it play out a bit… write some notes.  Then, I sit down and write out the scene.  Sometimes the characters are not quite developed… or I don’t know what the underlying conflict is.  I just know this scene.  From the scene, a story develops.  On occasion, I’ll go back to the beginning and write from there.  Other times, I hop all over the place and then weave the story together.  Most of the time, I have to go back and tweak the original scene that started it all, but I’ve yet to take out the original scene from my stories.
What is the hardest part about writing?

To be honest, the hardest part for me is finding the time to write.  I work a full-time job that involves some travel.  I have three children six years old and younger.  I have a husband, a dog and a house to run.  I am a social butterfly with lots of friends.  And I love to spend time with my family.  So, my days are busy.  I force myself to write 45-60 minutes a day.  A lot of days, I write more than that.  Some days I just write 45 minutes and it’s all crap!  🙂

Aside from the time aspect, my only other struggle is finding the right title for a story!  You need something that not only captures the story, but will also capture the readers’ attention.
What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?

I have not written a full-length novel yet.  My Florida cowboy story is going to be full-length and I’m excited about that!
Who are the authors you most admire?

I’ll admit… I’m a huge fan of Sylvia Day.  I LOVE the Crossfire series.  I’m also a big fan of Olivia Cunning, Alice Clayton and Cherrie Lynn.  I’ve always loved reading their books.  I’ve enjoyed Laura Kaye.  Since signing on to Evernight Publishing, I’ve also become a huge fan of Jenika Snow.  Her stories are great and she writes like a fiend.  She has a new book out almost every week!  🙂

From an old school perspective, I’ve always admired Ernest Hemingway’s storytelling.
Who are new authors to watch out for?

Stephanie Berget.  Our Evernight Publishing releases came out right around the same time, so we became fast buddies.  I’ve read her book, Sugarwater Ranch, and I love it.  She’s got some serious talent!
What scares you?

Spiders!  Plain and simple!  I don’t care if my husband has to use a magnifying glass to see it in order to kill it.  If it’s a spider, I scream and jump up on whatever I can to make sure it doesn’t get near me!  My husband will then walk in the room with a tissue and a smile and ask me where it is.  He calls it my “spider scream.”  😉

Hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me, Ella and Stephanie!

In Flames Collage by Totally Booked Blog

This collage was created by Totally Booked Blog for their review of my book, In Flames!  I LOVE IT!  🙂

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In Flames Heats Up the Wet and Wild Blog Hop

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So excited to have joined the Wet and Wild Blog hop sponsored by Skye Warren. School’s almost out! Summer is almost here! It’s time to hit the beach or the pool and soak up the sun. If you’re anything like me, that means you need some good books to read! I often look back on my high school and college days and remember how excited I was to hit the book store and find a few good reads to get me through the summer. Now all those options are at our fingertips… literally.

If you’re looking for a scorching read about a sexy firefighter to start your summer off hot, then I’ve got the book for you… my latest release from Evernight Publishing… In Flames! 

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Read the blurb below:

Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter.  She knew that came with risks.  But she never imagined herself widowed in her early thirties with two children to care for on her own.

As a fireman, Matt Riley was at the scene when his brother, Chad, was killed.  He suffered greatly from survivor’s guilt and depression after the accident.

The last year has been difficult for both Gracelyn and Matt.  They’ve relied on each other to get through the tough times.  With the anniversary of Chad’s death upon them, Gracelyn and Matt once again turn to each other for comfort and support.  They find it in each other’s arms.  Will their desire for each other consume them?  Can they overcome the guilt and scrutiny of those around them to find love again…together?

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 And here’s an excerpt from In Flames to give you a little taste:

“Is this why you’re here, Gracey,” Matt asked.   He took a step closer to her.  “Did you come here to scold me some more?  To tell me to grow up?  To question how I feel about you?”  His hands grabbed her by the shoulders and pressed her against the side of his truck bed.   She gasped.  He stood mere inches from her.  His mouth watered to taste her.  Her sweet strawberry scent enveloped him and made him a little lightheaded.  “Or did you come here with hopes that I would slam you against my truck, hike up your dress and sink deep inside you with my now rock hard cock?”  Gracelyn inhaled sharply at his words.

Matt lowered his mouth harshly on hers.  His lips molded to hers until his tongue was able to push through her lips.  He thrust his tongue deep into her mouth… exploring and tasting her.  One hand weaved into her hair and held her head still so he could continue to explore her mouth just the way he wanted.  Her arms wrapped around his neck.    His other hand slid down her side and inched up the skirt of her dress.  Gracelyn moaned softly as his hand made contact with her thigh.  Slowly, his hand edged up her thigh to her pelvis.

“You don’t fucking disappoint, do you, Gracelyn?”  He groaned into her mouth as he felt no panties on underneath her dress.  His fingers grazed over her mound.  “Did you have panties on at Brier Hill?  And you better answer that with a yes.” he said penetratingly.  The idea that she ran around in a dress to a work social function with no panties on both infuriated and excited him.

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You can buy In Flames at the following links:

In Flames at Evernight

In Flames at Amazon

In Flames at All Romance

In Flames at Bookstrand

As part of the Wet and Wild Blog hop, there are a ton of awesome giveaways and prizes at each stop.  Grand prizes for this blog hop are incredible and shown below.  Make sure you leave a comment here and on the other blogs you visit with your email address so you can be contacted if you win a prize.  At the bottom of this post is a link to my Rafflecopter giveaway.  I will be giving away an ebook copy of my new book, In Flames, and a $10 egift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.   Plus, most of the other amazing authors on the Wet and Wild blog hop are also giving away fantastic prizes.  You don’t want to miss out on any of this!  🙂

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Once you’ve finished here and left me a comment, please be sure to visit all the other great authors available on the Wet and Wild Blog Hop by visiting http://www.skyewarren.com/hop/

Click this link to register for my prizes:  a$10 egift card to Amazon or BN and a free ecopy of In Flames:  Don’t miss out!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Window Into Hazel Gower’s Letters to Her Soldier

Hazel Gower is one cool chick and I’m pretty thrilled to have her at The Spicy Butterfly Garden today showcasing her latest book from Evernight Publishing, Letters to Her Soldier.  Hazel has provided us with a glimpse into the story of Caleb and Bianca.  I can’t wait to dive into this one myself.  Enjoy!

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Blurb  :

Can you fall in love with someone through their letters?

Bianca  Gardiner’s best friend Greta asks her to write a letter to her brother  on the front line, she just never expected a response. Yet Caleb asks  for more. Bianca uses the letters as a confession each week, pouring  out  her soul and divulging information she normally wouldn’t share with  anyone.

Warrant  Officer, Caleb Sutten fell in love with Bianca through the letters she  sent him over five years. Each sweet word helped to keep him sane. But  every time he comes home for leave, Bianca goes into hiding.

Not this time.

From  the moment they’re together, their passion ignites. Caleb will stop at  nothing to pull her out of the dark and put her into his arms, where  she  belongs.

Excerpt:

“I don’t know why you can’t pick your brother up, ” Bianca said on the phone with her friend Greta.

“We’re  getting a surprise ready for him.  You know it’s his birthday  next  weekend.  We’re doing a big combined welcome home party.  It’s  taking a  lot to organize.  ” Greta paused.  “Because I’m off next  weekend for the  celebration, I couldn’t get this weekend too.  And I  thought you might  like to pick him up since you’ve been sending him  letters for the last  couple of years. ”

Bianca  groaned.  “Sending letters is totally different than talking  and seeing  him in person.  The last time I saw Caleb, I was a chubby  little girl  who followed him around everywhere. ”

Greta  laughed.  “Well, you’re not anymore.  You can’t keep avoiding  him.   Don’t think I haven’t noticed that every time he gets leave, you  go  MIA.  He’s home for a while now teaching new recruits, so you won’t  be  able to avoid him the whole time.  Unless you move. ”

Bianca wondered if her work would okay a transfer.  She was their star wedding cake maker.

“Don’t even think about it, Bianca.  I will hunt you down and drag you back. ”

Sighing in defeat, Bianca looked around the airport for Caleb.  “Fine, but he doesn’t know what I look like.  I haven’t se—”

“Yes, he does.  I’ve been sending him pictures of us, of you. ”

“You what?” A bunch of people turned to glare at Bianca.  “You did what? I told him no when he asked for pictures. ”

“Why on earth would you do that?”

Scrubbing  a hand over her face, Bianca looked up at the arrival board  to see  Caleb’s plane had landed a good ten minutes ago.  “I was scared.  I  didn’t know what picture to send.  I look nothing like the girls I  remember he liked to date.  I’m not five-seven with legs that go on   forever, a blonde, or a size under double digits.  I don’t think I ever  will be any of those things.  I’m a wedding cake maker and designer,  and  I like taste testing my food too much. ”

There  was quiet on the other end of the line for a moment before Greta  replied.  “You do realize the way to a man’s heart is with food. ”

“You  can say that because you’re a size ten, and your mother taught  you how  to cook.  Hey, aren’t you supposed to be at work? That’s why I  had to  come and pick Caleb up instead of you?”

Bianca  was met with another silent reply, and a niggling feeling came  over her  that Greta was up to something more than just a welcome-home,  birthday  surprise for Caleb.

“Sorry.  Busy working and getting the surprise ready to go.  Talk later.  Bye. ”

The  uneasy feeling got bigger as Bianca put the phone back in her  bag.   Straightening her shoulders, she looked around again.  Army men  come out  of the gate in full uniform, and she slowly walked forward.   “Oh my,  they do look so good. ”

An older lady next to her chuckled and asked, “Yes, they do.  Any of them yours?”

Bianca  shook her head and started to say no when Caleb walked out with two  other men.  Tall, he stood well over six feet with broad shoulders and a  tight muscular body.  Bianca couldn’t see much of his dark olive skin  in his Army uniform.  His hat covered his jet black hair and his  piercing deep dark brown eyes set above a strong masculine jaw.

Caleb searched the crowd before his gaze stopped on her.  He stalked forward.  “Hey, beautiful. ”

Bianca  stared at him, stunned, as he pulled her to him, and his mouth  come  down on hers.  He held her tightly as his lips crushed hers and  his  tongue traced her lips, asking for entry.

With  her mind going a million miles a minute, it took her a moment  before  she moaned, wrapped her arms around Caleb, opened her mouth, and met his  tongue with hers.

He pulled away, leaving her panting, and she wondered if she’d fallen into some parallel universe.

Caleb smiled down at her, showing perfect white teeth.  “Ready to go.  Just need to grab my backpack. ”

Speechless,  she nodded as he grabbed her hand and walked over to the  baggage  carrousel.  She trailed behind him probably looking like a  stunned  mullet.  Caleb didn’t let go of her hand when he grabbed his  big  backpack, shoved it on one shoulder, and then pulled her toward the  exit.

“Where did you park?”

Bianca pointed to her left, not trusting her voice to talk.

“Do you still have the little white sports car?”

She froze, and he stopped and looked back at her.  “How do you know I have a Honda Integra?”

A  huge grin spread over his face.  “The first picture I got from Greta  was of you with the car your parents bought you.  She told me all  about  how you corrupted her to go racing in it. ”

Bianca watched his eyes light up as he moved to box her in against the car behind her.

“That’s not the best part.  The picture she sent is of you laid back on your car, posing in only a white bikini. ”

She gulped, and thought of the best way to kill her best friend…scratch that, ex-best friend the next time she saw her.

Where to buy Letters To Her Soldier:

Evernight

All Romance

Bookstrand

Amazon

hazel me      About Hazel Gower

I’m a mother of four terrors between the ages of two and  seven. In my spare time, the little I have, I write and take off into my own worlds. I started writing down my story ideas in high school, and never really stopped.  Writing, I have to say, is my salvation.   After I’ve gotten all the kids in bed and have cleaned up, I sit at my computer or sometimes a notebook with a pencil and relax, write, and escape.  I love to hear from any of my readers, so feel free to send me an email and like me on Facebook. www.facebook.com/HazelGowerAuthor.

Timing Is Everything – Isn’t It? Ask Tamsin Baker!

Tamsin Baker’s Timing is Everything

Today, I’d like to welcome Tamsin Baker, an Evernight Publishing sister to the Spicy Butterfly Garden.  Tamsin is here promoting her hot new Evernight Publishing Romance on the Go, Timing is Everything.  She’s given us a scorching excerpt from her new book!  Enjoy… I know I did!

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Excerpt from Timing Is Everything:

Mark held open Angie’s door and guided her into the car without touching her. Sadness and disappointment shut down her breathing. Angie knew she shouldn’t have felt that way after he had shared such an incredible experience with her, but she did and she didn’t know what to do about the tension between them now.

They had always walked a tight line, Mark and her. He was currently single but had been married for almost ten years before a messy divorce and several girlfriends. She was currently in a new but committed relationship.

They never seemed to get their lives to coordinate properly and their timing was always off. Maybe she shouldn’t have pushed so hard to come investigate this party with him? Had she threatened their friendship?

Mark slipped into the driver side, his hand going to his pants to readjust himself.

“Sorry.” He apologized as he started the car.

Angie laughed. What else was there to do at a moment like this? They were both turned on, and yet they could do nothing about it. “Why? I’m as uncomfortable as you are, I’m sure.”

His head turned to her, brown eyes piercing in the darkness. Angie didn’t let her gaze drop. She had always wanted this man and her arousal was partly due to him. But, she couldn’t, she was in a relationship!

However, with Angie’s heart rate increasing steadily and her head fuzzy as though intoxicated, that didn’t seem all that pertinent at the moment.

“You’re aroused?” His voice was gruff, as though he had been standing around a campfire too long.

Angie giggled, again inappropriately. “Of course I am. Did you see that final scene? Wow …”

Mark cleared his throat and shifted in his car seat again. His face showed worry and something Angie couldn’t work out, which was unusual as she usually read him better than anyone.

She frowned as she surveyed him a moment longer. “Mark, what’s wrong?”

He cleared his throat and set his shoulders. “We’ve been friends a long time and I have no wish to ruin that …” he trailed off.

Angie’s heart rate sped up again and she clenched her knees together as a new gush of wetness soaked her panties. “Yes?”

“I’ve always wanted to taste you.”

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Tamsin Baker’s Bio:

Tamsin Baker is an Aussie girl who LOVES to read.

For fifteen years she read romance looking for the ‘good’ bits.

When she found erotic romance and pure erotica reading it was like coming home to people who knew what she wanted to read and wow, did her head space change.

Tamsin could now read what she wanted and found she could write a little too.

She’s only beginning this journey but she looks forward to putting out lots of books in the future and reading even more!

Enjoy and thank you.

You can find Tamsin Baker at the links below:

www.tamsinbakererotic.com

www.erotictamsinbaker.blogspot.com.au

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Luscious gets to know Jessica Jayne

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The Undercover Lover Author – Rebecca Brochu – Visits

The Undercover Lover by Rebecca Brochu

Today, I’d like to welcome Rebecca Brochu to the Spicy Butterfly Garden.  She has a hot new M/M release from Evernight Publishing entitled The Undercover Lover.  Check it out.

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Blurb:

When vice cop Gentry Trecall is informed that he’s going to be going undercover as a hooker, thanks to the city’s latest bid to crack down on prostitution, he’s skeptical but resigned.  What he doesn’t expect is to encounter someone like Dublin MacAulay, the owner of the popular night club The Pale that just so happens to be right across the street from the corner Gentry has been assigned.

With the gruff but sincere way he tries to get Gentry off of the street Dublin’s unlike anyone Gentry’s ever met before.  An unspoken attraction lingers between the two and the truth about Gentry’s profession is the only thing that keeps it at bay.  But when the truth finally does come out will Dublin be able to forgive Gentry for the lie he’s had to tell?  Or will his undercover work lose Gentry the lover of his dreams?

Teaser Excerpt:

“I didn’t think this far ahead,” Gentry admitted quietly. His lips were slick and dark from being kissed, and Dublin pulled himself back from Gentry’s neck only to surge forward again to recapture them. Their tongues slid against each other, hot and wet and deliciously dirty, before Dublin pulled back again with a low groan.

“What do you want, Gentry? You have to tell me. You have to say it,” Dublin rasped, voice husky and eyes heavy lidded.

Gentry’ mouth fell open, and his eyes dropped to Dublin’s lips as he swallowed hard against the wave of vicious desire that roared through him. “I want everything. I want you and me naked in your bed, or on this bar, or where ever I can have you right now. I want you to fuck me hard and fast or deep and slow. I want you to give us both what we’ve been wanting since we met, and then I want you to do it over again. Please,” Gentry added. His cheeks burned red, and he licked his lips nervously as he met Dublin’s gaze head on.

Dublin didn’t say a word, but he wasted no time in ushering Gentry to his feet. He led Gentry towards the back of the club and up a flight of steps into what Gentry could immediately tell was his private office. Dublin tumbled them both down onto the couch, his hot, firm weight pressing Gentry down into the thick cushions, and then Dublin kissed him again.

You can find out more about Rebecca Brochu and her books here:

In Flames Book Trailer

Check it out!  Thanks to Live Love Media, In Flames has an amazing book trailer!

 

Interview With Doris O’Connor – Author of The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin

Today, I convinced fellow Evernight Publishing author, Doris O’Connor to swing by The Spicy Butterfly Garden and let me pick her brain a bit about her new book, The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin and life as an author.  She’s a pretty awesome lady!

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Doris, Give us the title and genre of your latest book and a quick 50 word or less tagline.

The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin

Contemporary Erotic Romance

Lay back and think of England? Sure, she could do that. It’s only sex after all. Auctioning off her virginity is the easy part. Falling in love is not part of the plan.

I’m definitely intrigued! 

Did you have any inspiration for this story or its characters?

The story was sparked by a newspaper article I’d read. It got my thinking and then slowly the characters emerged. You can see my inspiration board for this story here.

http://pinterest.com/dorisoconnor/the-billionaires-unwanted-virgin/

What a good idea that it… gives the reader some visuals to your story!

What was your favorite scene to write?  Why?

Oh, I have so many, but if I had to pick just one it’s probably the wedding. Lakota surprises Alice and they have a beautiful ceremony, and it’s the first time they acknowledge their budding feelings, at least to themselves. It’s an emotional and hot scene, when they’re stood under their wedding blankets, and I had great fun researching Native American wedding customs and prayers.

Are there any aspects of yourself in any of the characters in your book?

Not so much myself, but Alice’s mother reminds me a lot of my Gran. She would have given me exactly the talking to, Elizabeth gives Alice. I smiled to myself when I wrote their scenes.

Give us an interesting and fun fact about your book and/or its characters.

Alice is afraid of heights and Lakota doesn’t like spiders 😉

I’ll be honest… I’m not a fan of spiders either!  🙂

As an author myself, I find one of the hardest parts to completing a story is coming up with a title that captures the true essence of the story.  How do you come up with the title to your stories?

Ah, I know what you mean. The working title for this book had been Unwanted Innocence, because Alice is a virgin and Lakota didn’t want her or her innocence, but that title didn’t have the WoW factor, really.

It was seeing the amount of Billionaire Titles around that made up my mind for me in the end. The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin pretty much sums up the story, so it stuck.

I’m one of those strange writers that needs a title before I even sit down to write the story. More often than not that original title sticks, but occasionally I end up changing it. The characters usually tell me if the title fits or not.

Three words that would best describe you.

Passionate, Determined, Loyal

What was your most rewarding experience since becoming a published author?

Without a doubt it’s when I hear from readers. It always puts such a huge smile on my face. To know that I have taken someone away from their worries and transported them into a different world, where they can forget about their daily troubles and just enjoy the story—yeah that’s awesome 🙂

What book (or books) are you reading now?

Top of my Reading Pile right now are Ann Mayburn, Zara Stoneley, Jenika Snow and Sandra Bunino. It’s a toss-up as to who’s latest book I read first.

What is your writing process from beginning to end?

Typically I wake up in the morning, having had my characters invade my dreams. I have dreamt entire stories before now, though most often it’s a scene, a dialogue, or an action. I get that little bubble of excitement in my tummy that tells me I’m onto a good thing, and the characters are chomping at the bit to tell me their story.

Next is the title, and then I open a brand new doc. I may start typing straight away, if the voices are that strong, or I might go on Pinterest and look for visual inspiration first. At the very least I will have pic for my hero and heroine.

Then, it’s a case of just letting my characters guide me. If I do as I’m told and simply take dictation we’re all good. If I start doubting them, everything grinds to a halt. When I’m actively in a story, I can write anything from 2 – 5K a day. My personal best for one day’s worth of writing is 8K.

I call that first draft word vomit. I simply write to get the story down. Once that’s done and I’ve typed The End, I whoop about for a bit. Then go back in to edit. This is when I’ll flesh out bits that need it, correct typos, clunky phrasing etc.

Then the manuscript will go to my ‘Reditor’ Raven McAllan. She will pull it to pieces and then send it back to me. I’ll fix what needs fixing—quite often whilst mumbling under my breath. We have quite a few ‘arguments’ in Skype over a phrase or a word, or whether that sex scene needs more details. Raven is very good at asking, “Why? Why does he do that, etc.”

Drives me round the proverbial twist at times, because in my mind it’s all crystal clear, but it’s not on paper, so having Raven’s input is invaluable. That extra pair of eyes is priceless, because we are all blind to our own mistakes.

Once that’s all done, I will write a blurb and the synopsis and then it gets submitted to the powers that be.

I inbox stalk like crazy and then either cry into my coffee or whoop like a loon when I get an acceptance 🙂

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? 

Hmm, does having produced nine beautiful babies count as a talent? 😉 I’m not sure that I do. I suppose I have a natural talent with languages. English isn’t my first language—I grew up in Germany and came over to England when I was eighteen.

I also know Latin, French, and a smattering of Italian. Just don’t ask me to speak any of it, lol. On paper I’m fine. In person, not so much.

Nine babies!?  That’s amazing! I don’t know if I’d say it’s a talent, but it definitely makes you pretty special!  I have three.  I know my hands are full!

Do you have any tips or advice for authors trying to get published?

Find yourself a good critique group or partner. Mine has been invaluable for the support and friendship, and that extra pair of eyes I already mentioned.

Read lots, and then read some more. It is amazing how much you pick up by simply reading, and write the stories that are on your heart. Find your voice, and use it.

Never, ever give up. I always say if I was never published again, I would still be writing, because for me it’s all about the stories.

Rejections are part of the process. I know everyone says that, but it really is true, and they are not personal, even though they might feel like it at the time. Publishing is a very subjective business.

Before you submit, do your research, and do follow the submission guidelines. It makes a difference.

Above all, have fun. Enjoy creating your stories 🙂 I love being a writer!

I couldn’t agree with you more about the fun!  🙂

Before you go, can you please provide us with a tantalizing snippet from your book? 

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 I would love to. Here’s the blurb and excerpt:

Blurb:

Lay back and think of England, she could do this. It was only sex, after all. Auctioning off her virginity was the easy part—going through with it not so easy.  When Alice realizes who has acquired her, keeping her emotions out of the deal seems an impossible task.

Self-made billionaire Lakota, Lance Kemnay has no time for women, let alone one, who would sell her virginity to the highest bidder. Ever practical, however, he sees in Alice a solution to his immediate need for a wife. The emotions she stirs in him are just lust, and lust can be dealt with. As they connect emotionally and physically, his resolve to keep his heart aloof is tested beyond limits.

Can he trust his tender feelings, or has he been taken for a fool by the one woman he thought he could trust?

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He’d bound her to him with the ridiculous terms of their arrangement, and he had no idea how she really felt about him. That her body desired him, of that there was no doubt. Could there ever be more between them? Was the trust she exhibited in her submission to him enough to build a relationship on?

Would she want to stay with him once the arranged time was over? His little Alice was a romantic. Would she settle for a life with what little he had to offer, knowing full well that he was incapable of ever saying the words every woman wanted to hear?

“Lakota?” Her uncertain whisper shook him out his maudlin thoughts. This was here, and this was now. He would live in the moment and worry about all that later. Right now he had his woman where he wanted her.

“I’m here, my sweet. Relax.”

She drew in a breath and another, in a visible effort to calm her nerves, and he bent down and kissed her again.

“Remember those candles you admired on that stall in Colombo, my sweet?”

She stilled completely and her breaths grew choppier, and he smiled.

“I see that you do… Now, feel their kiss, and fly for me.”

He’d gone hard as nails in the middle of the crowded market at her innocent reaction to his whispered comment that these were far more than scented candles. He’d bought them on impulse, waiting for the right moment to introduce them. He knew her well enough by now to know how far he could push her, and he wanted to give her the pleasure this play brought.

She flinched at the first drop of wax hit her just below the collarbone, and he swiped the drop away, watching her closely for her reaction. Again and again he repeated the process, until she arched into the touch of the wax on her skin.

He drew patterns around her breasts, leaving the wax to settle, and letting the flame burn a little hotter each time. Her breathing changed to the slow, deep state of relaxed awareness he wanted her to be in as he scribed what was in his heart on her quivering tummy.

By the time he was done his dick was just about ready to explode, and Alice was so wet, the covers were stained under her ass. He smiled to himself at the face of housekeeping in the morning and poured one last heavy drop of wax over her hugely distended clit at the same time as he thrust his cock into the tight clasp of her body, with a growled, “Come for me, baby.”

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Alice came so hard and so fast she could barely catch her breath. The sensation of the hot wax dripping over her most sensitive flesh coupled with the feel of him sliding deep into her core, his weight pinning her in place proved too much.

She was dimly aware of Lakota reaching his own pinnacle in record time, and then she was free. Released from her bonds and held securely in his arms, she blinked to get her eyes to focus.

Her body was covered in multi-colored patters of wax, and he’d traced a word into her lower abdomen—Mine.

Alice bit back her tears, and Lakota’s hands settled over her fingers tracing the word. She looked at him, and she held her breath at the emotion she glimpsed in his eyes, before he masked it.

“I will run you a bath, and you can soak it off. I’m not going near that beautiful skin of yours with a knife.”

“Do we have to take it off?”

He grew very still at her husky question, and his voice was hoarse when he finally answered.

“I don’t want you getting sore. This is your first time. We don’t know how your skin will react.”

Alice smiled at the protectiveness and concern behind those words.

“I seem to be having a lot of firsts around you, Mr. Kemnay.”

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Author Bio:

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Glutton for punishment would be a good description for Doris… at least that’s what she hears on an almost daily basis when people find out that she has a brood of nine children, ranging from adult to toddler and lives happily in a far too small house, cluttered with children, pets, dust bunnies, and one very understanding and supportive husband. Domestic goddess she is not.

There is always something better to do after all, like working on the latest manuscript and trying not to scare the locals even more than usual by talking out loud to the voices in her head. Her characters tend to be pretty insistent to get their stories told, and you will find Doris burning the midnight oil on a regular basis. Only time to get any peace and quiet and besides, sleep is for wimps.

She likes to spin sensual, sassy, and sexy tales involving alpha heroes to die for, and heroines who give as good as they get. From contemporary to paranormal, BDSM to F/F, and Ménage, haunting love stories are guaranteed.

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Thanks so much for having me here today, Jessica 🙂

Thank you, Doris!  And good luck with The Billionaire’s Unwanted Virgin!

In Flames Making the Blog Rounds

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After such a successful book blog tour for my book, More Than Friends, I thought it best I’d take my latest release, In Flames, on a tour as well.  Starting on Monday, May 20, I will be blog hopping with Gracelyn and Matt!  Please make sure to visit us!  🙂

May 20.

Buffy’s Ramblings – http://buffy-kennedy.blogspot.com

Faerie Tale Books – www.faerietalebooks.org

Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews – http://literalhottiesnaughtybookreviews.blogspot.com

May 21

Musings From an Addicted Reader – http://musingsfomanaddictedreader.blogspot.com

Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess – http://wowfromthescarfprincess.blgospot.com

May 22

Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads – http://shaynareneesspicyreads.blgospot.com

Crystal’s Random Thoughts – www.crystalsrandomthoughts.com

May 23

Roxanne’s Realm – www.roxannesrealm.blogspot.com

May 24

Books Books and More Books – http://booksbooksmorebooks.blogspot.com

Love In a Book – www.loveinabook.com

May 27

The Snarkology – http://melissasnark.blogspot.com

Vicky at Deal Sharing Aunt – www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com